ERIC Number: ED231967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Identification of Causes for Attrition in Vocational Education Health Careers Programs.
Nemko, Barbara; Dutton, Eina
A study examined the extent of and the causes for student attrition in vocational education health careers programs in California. During the ten-month study, researchers utilized the following methods of data collection: analysis of data on enrollees, leavers, and completers that were gathered from California State Department of Education records for the years 1977 through 1980; administration of a questionnaire to 240 health careers teachers and administrators concerning their perceptions of 36 factors responsible for students' dropping out of health programs, administration of a telephone survey to 164 students reported to have dropped out of health programs, and site visits to high- and low-completing districts. Analysis of these data revealed that the following factors are associated with programs having high rates of completion: maintenance of a strong positive relationship between teachers and school counselors, provision of special attention to students with basic skills deficiencies, efforts to create a high degree of community awareness and participation, use of good teaching techniques, and provision of administrative support. Based on these findings, the researchers made a series of 15 recommendations geared to local and state administrators responsible for vocational health careers programs. (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Occupations Education, Change Strategies, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Health Occupations, Influences, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Bureau of Publications, California Dept. of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Vocational Education Support Services Section.